This isn't really a proper blog post. More an explanation of why I now have three articles in draft form and am making no progress with any of them.
On Wednesday 25 April I watched Donald Trump's appearance before the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament. Those of you who also witnessed this circus will understand when I say that I disgusted and angered by Trump's behaviour. His arrogant disrespect for the committee, the Scottish Parliament, The Scottish Government and the First Minister was quite appalling.
He came before the committee completely unprepared assuming that he could get by with nothing more than his pompous, over-bearing bluster. And when challenged to provide evidence to back up his increasingly deranged claims, he capped his ludicrous performance by declaring, "I am the evidence!".
I am not here to examine his "testimony" in detail. To the extent that it may euphemistically be referred to as testimony it was totally unworthy of serious analysis. Suffice it to say that I was sufficiently provoked by his boorish buffoonery that, following up on a tweet from Andy Wightman, I started a petition to request that Scottish Enterprise revoke Donald Trump's membership of the GlobalScot network (GlobalScot: Withdraw Donald Trump's membership of GlobalScot).
The petition reads,
By his conduct at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 25 April 2012 Donald Trump has shown himself to be unworthy of an organisation whose purpose is to promote a positive image of Scotland, foster good relations in the global business community and encourage inward investment.
We, the signatories to this petition therefore respectfully urge Scottish Enterprise to take such steps as may be necessary to end Donald Trump's association with GlobalScot.
The response has been quite remarkable with well over 1700 signatures at the time of writing after only a couple of days. The only problem being that once you start a campaign such as this you have to devote some time to maintaining the momentum. And that's my excuses out of the way.
If you haven't already signed the petition you may want to do so now by visiting the page or using the widget on the right. I have also started a Facebook page as part of the effort. Somewhat belatedly I started adding a hashtag to tweets on the topic - #trumpout.